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Frost Over the World
Sein Win and Ben Johnson
This week: Myanmar, drugs in athletics, the lethal injection and Pakistani politics.
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2007 13:49 GMT
Sir David Frost
Every week, Sir David Frost, one of the most celebrated broadcasters, offers you a programme which takes its stories and guests from every part of the globe.
 
The world's news makers will be interviewed with Sir David's incisive style.
 
Sir David will get behind the headlines and examine the decisions and policies which shape global politics today.
 
 

Coming up this week on Frost over the World:

 
Sein Win

Dr Sein Win is the prime minister of the
NLD self-declared government in exile
The UN Security Council has adopted a statement strongly deploring the military crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners by the leaders of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Pressure is also growing on Myanmar's ruling generals to open negotiations with Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy who is under house arrest in Burma.

Dr Sein Win, the prime minister of the exiled National Coalition Government of Burma which pushes for the restoration of democracy in the country, joins the show from Washington to discuss the current developments in Myanmar.

He reveals his hope that the UN will closely monitor the situation in the country and be prepared to follow its statement with actions.

Watch the interview with Sein Win on YouTube

Harry Van Bommell

Harry Van Bommell joins the show from Holland
European heads of state will be holding crucial talks in Lisbon next week to try to agree on the new reform treaty.

But some critics say that it is just a re-hash of the old EU constitution that was thrown out by Dutch and French voters in 2005.

Harry Van Bommell led the successful no vote campaign in Holland in 2005 and he tells Sir David why and how he is planning to do the same thing all over again with the new treaty.

Press freedom in Egypt

Four editors of leading Egyptian opposition newspapers face trial and possibly jail time for defaming Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, and his son.

One of the editors is accused of destabilising the peace and damaging national economic interests after publishing a rumour about the president's health.

Lawrence Pintak, from the University of Cairo, and Hosni Emam of the Kuwait News Agency in London join the show to discuss the clampdown on press freedom in the country.

Watch the segment on Egyptian press freedom and the interview with Harry Van Bommell on YouTube

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson insists that most athletes use
performance-enhancing drugs
Former athlete Ben Johnson, who was stripped of his 100 metre world record and Seoul Olympics gold medal after he failed a drugs test, joins the show to discuss the latest scandal to shake the sport.

He discusses the scandal surrounding Marion Jones, the one-time golden girl of the sport and five-time medal winner at the Sydney Olympics, who has confessed to taking performance-enhancing drugs and lying to the FBI.

Johnson suggests that most international-level athletes use drugs and that with drug tests becoming more accurate more big names will soon be exposed.

Watch the interview with Ben Johnson on YouTube

Pakistan

With Benazir Bhutto returning to Pakistan next week to what looks like a power-sharing deal with Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, Maria Kuusisto, an Asian policy analyst for the Eurasia group, joins the show to discuss the political climate in the country.

Capital Punishment

Bianca Jagger and Charlie Wolf discuss
the death penalty
The US supreme court is to review the constitutionality of the lethal injection. Of the 38 American states that impose the death penalty all but one uses the lethal injection.

Bianca Jagger, who is a Goodwill ambassador for the Council of Europe and an opponent of the death penalty, and Charles Wolf, an American journalist who supports the use of capital punishment, join the show to present their respective views on the subject.

Watch the segment on Pakistan and Capital Punishment on YouTube

Frost Over The World airs at 18:00GMT every Friday on Al Jazeera English and is repeated during the week.

 
This episode of Frost Over The World airs from 12 October 2007.
 

 
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